PEACEMAKER explores the continuing story of the character that John Cena reprises in the aftermath of James Gunn’s 2021 film “The Suicide Squad”– a compellingly vainglorious man who believes in peace at any cost, no matter how many people he has to kill to get it.
Gunn has repeatedly gloated about all the crazy things DC Comics has allowed him to get away with on this show. Its amazing that the first DCEU connected television series revolves around a z-list character from the Suicide Squad.
Set after the events of the film, the series follows jingoistic killer Christopher Smith / Peacemaker as he joins “Project Butterfly”, a black ops squad that targets extra-terrestrial parasitic butterfly-like creatures. The series is produced by The Safran Company and Troll Court Entertainment in association with Warner Bros. Television, with Gunn serving as showrunner.
John Cena stars as the title character, reprising his role from The Suicide Squad, with Danielle Brooks, Freddie Stroma, Chukwudi Iwuji, Jennifer Holland, Steve Agee, and Robert Patrick also starring. Gunn conceived Peacemaker after noting Cena’s strength as a dramatic actor while filming The Suicide Squad, and wrote all eight episodes while completing the film during the COVID-19 pandemic.